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Fatal Car Accident Affecting Franklin County

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PASCO, WA- On Friday October 23, a Pasco couple was involved in a fatal car accident. They were rear-ended by a truck that was believed to have been about 5500 pounds. The couple was pulled over on the shoulder of Interstate 82. When the couple was identified by state patrol, they found out the man in the vehicle was Franklin County Corrections Officer, Len Shure and his wife JoAn Shure.

We met up with Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond to talk about the loss for our community. He told us Len was a sergeant at the jail and had been involved with law enforcement for decades. Sheriff Raymond told us he remembers some of the earlier days of his career with Shure, "I can remember bringing prisoners into the old jail up on the third floor and Len being there and taking them into custody from us". 

Sheriff Raymond was the first notified of the accident and because Len and JoAn leave behind no children he was also in charge of letting their church family know. He told us, "tragically that's a lot of institutional knowledge that's lost, obviously a lot of personal friendships lost bottom line is him and his wife will be missed". 

When we asked Sheriff Raymond the best way to describe the emotions going on after the weekend of the incident he said, "the best word to use is shocked, all of a sudden one day you're all working together and all is well and then the next thing it's all over, I guess God didn't promise nothing but today, and that's kind of where we're at is working on tomorrow".